In this mini-unit based on Gail Gibbons’s book, Alligators and Crocodiles, you will find fun activities for your students to do while they learn about these wonderful reptiles.
KWL Chart - have your students record what they know, what they want to know and what they have learned on this KWL chart
Vocabulary Matching Cards - Copy these cards onto cardstock and cut apart. Have your students match the vocabulary word to the correct meaning. You can also use these as word wall cards or a write the room activity.
Alligators and Crocodiles Fact Sort - Have your students cut out the alligator and crocodile facts and glue them under the correct heading on their sorting sheet.
Alligators vs. Crocodiles Venn Diagram - Use this as a group activity to discuss and demonstrate the use of a Venn diagram to compare and contrast two things. Of course, this could also be done as an independent activity for students familiar with Venn diagrams.
Which is Better? - This is a writing activity in which students will write 3 sentences telling 3 reasons why they think alligators or crocodiles are better than the other choice.
QR Codes - QR codes are provided for additional resources you could use in this study. There are links to National Geographic Kids’ pages on alligators and crocodiles. There are also fun links to a read-aloud and a song, and a link to the San Diego Zoo website for more information on these fascinating animals.
You could add any number of fiction and non-fiction resources to make this a meatier study, or just enjoy the few activities included here for a good mini study of alligators and crocodiles. I hope you enjoy this mini-unit as much as I have enjoyed making it.
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